Thank you first and foremost to the medical professionals who are putting their lives on the line for the rest of us, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Make no mistake this is a war and they are our foot soldiers. And we need to get them and give them whatever they need to wage a successful battle and we need to support them in any way we can.
Thank you to the young people who are staying at home because they know it’s the right thing to do for their parents, grandparents, themselves and society.
Thank you to our parents who are also staying in or moving to a safer place, supporting their families by socially distancing themselves from their grandchildren, the ones they love the most in all their lives.
Thank you to the delivery people, postal workers, truckers and all others in the human chain of supply who continue to make sure the rest of us can shelter at home with what we need.
Thank you to the teachers, most of whom had no facility with distance learning, and on a dime became proficient in it, continuing to educate and comfort our children.
Thank you to the scientists who are working around the clock to find therapeutics and vaccines. We are grateful for your years of accumulated knowledge and we know that you must feel the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Thank you to the corporations who are putting the needs of their employees before profits.
Thank you to the municipal workers, the policemen and sanitation workers who put themselves out there to maintain rule of order in our communities and keep them clean and safe.
Thank you to the faith leaders who are being innovative with their communal gathering, continuing to find new ways to comfort and support their congregants.
Thank you to the journalists who expose themselves to illness to get the story to the public.
Thank you to the local government leaders who are making impossible decisions to keep us all safe.
Thank you to the college kids, especially the seniors who despite being ripped from the spring of their final year, and who understand that this is the new reality and that graduation will have to wait.
Thank you to the high school seniors whose magical spring season has been lost. We know you mourn your prom, your graduation and the long season of saying goodbye to the friends who are like family to you. We want nothing more than to hold you close now. Thank you for your bravery.
On the other side of this, and if we’ve learned anything from history it’s that it’s not if, it’s when, we get to the other side, we will have a new definition of heroism and a new appreciation for each other and our interconnectedness.
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